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Subject: Re: [emergency] Fwd: OASIS EM TC Category for EDXL standards

Art and others,
I met last week with the DM program and the EIC and we discussed this 
topic.  There is guidance in the works for grant programs as well for other 
federal agencies to use.  The particular draft that was circulated to the 
TC members was very preliminary.  All agreed that making EIC membership a 
requirement and forcing DMIS was not in the best interest of anyone.  The 
main reason for Bill Kalin sending the message was to ask if we or someone 
at OASIS had run into this naming issue before.  That is, a way to 
reference several standards all in the same discipline but on different 
upgrade and development paths.  He was particularly interested in getting 
some wording from us that would reference the work being done now including 
versions to follow as well as additional EDXL emerging standards.  They 
seem to want to avoid listing each separately and are concerned about 
versions getting out of date.  Any suggestions?
Elysa Jones, Chair
Engineering Program Manager
Warning Systems, Inc.
256-880-8702 x102

At 05:19 PM 9/18/2005, Art Botterell wrote:
>This strikes me as the wrong way to do the right thing.  Certainly
>there should be grant guidance language that promotes the use of open
>standards and even perhaps particular ones.
>But this has the regrettable appearance of an attempt to carve out
>some bureaucratic turf for EIC and the DM program, by designating
>them as the sole legitimate source of such standards... even before
>those standards are identified, evaluated or even created.
>I would think that an eclectic profile of recommended standards,
>drawing from all the available sources and updated from time to time
>as new standards are formalized and old ones are updated, would be
>much more in the inclusive spirit of NEIM.
>And from a more tactical point of view, I think it could actually be
>damaging to the current positive reception and uptake of CAP within
>its target domain (alerting and warning) to complicate things by
>confusing it with the much broader, and as yet much less mature, EDXL
>For some time now our workplan has been to continue to promote and
>develop CAP separately while EDXL develops and mature, and then to
>create a fully EDXL-compliant version at CAP 2.0.
>I don't believe OASIS or the TC ought to change that approach for
>what appear to be merely bureaucratic reasons.  Funding guidance
>language certainly could be written to include CAP and EDXL
>specifically without conflating the two prematurely or preemptively
>excluding other potential sources of valuable standards.
>Aside from being bad practice technically, I don't think OASIS and
>this TC want to get embroiled in external jurisdictional issues...
>especially not at a time where the whole current structure of
>emergency management is undergoing so much scrutiny at the highest
>policy levels.
>- Art
>On Sep 12, 2005, at 9/12/05 3:25 PM, Elysa Jones wrote:
>>TC Members,  I received the following email from Bill Kalin
>>representing the DHS/DM program.  There is specific grant guidance
>>language proposed for our review.  I would prefer discussion begin
>>on the list and then we can take it up at the next regular TC call
>>9/20.  Elysa
>>>From: "Kalin, Bill" <Bill.Kalin@associates.dhs.gov>
>>>To: "'ejones@warningsystems.com'" <ejones@warningsystems.com>
>>>Cc: Matt Walton <mwalton3@gmail.com>, "Hines, Chip"
>>>         "Baker, Ashley" <Ashley.Baker@associates.dhs.gov>,
>>>         "McIntyre, Robert" <Robert.Mcintyre@associates.dhs.gov>,
>>>         "Wood, Mark" <Mark.Wood@associates.dhs.gov>
>>>Subject: OASIS EM TC Category for EDXL standards
>>>Date: Fri, 9 Sep 2005 10:11:51 -0400
>>>Elysa - We have been asked by the Office of Management and Budget
>>>(OMB) to create standardized RFI/RFP language that federal
>>>agencies would required to use when seeking to purchase an
>>>incident management software application.  We want to be able to
>>>refer to EDXL as a single set of standards as opposed to listing
>>>them all individually, including CAP.  This is the first step in
>>>creating common grant guidance language that will be required when
>>>local, tribal and state governments are seeking to purchase
>>>incident management tools with DHS grant money.  We believe this
>>>will strongly facilitate the adoption of standards within the
>>>vendor community and further develop this emerging market.
>>>What can be done via OASIS to help create this single type of
>>>category under the OASIS TC?  I am attaching a draft of proposed
>>>language for the RFI/RFP's which includes a desired reference to
>>>the OASIS web site.
>>>Bill Kalin
>>>Disaster Management eGov Initiative
>>>Office of the Chief Information Officer
>>>Emergency Preparedness and Response/FEMA
>>>Department of Homeland Security
>>>(202) 646-4347
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